[OS X TeX] Typesetting factor of 2 slower in Leopard

Warren Nagourney warren at phys.washington.edu
Wed Jan 21 21:30:02 EST 2009

Unfortunately, re-installing MacTeX had no effect. It is even running  
slower (but I have Mail and Activity Monitor running).

Actually, even though the spotlight "dot" is not blinking, mds and  
mdworker are on and this might be what is eating up cpu cycles (I  
didn't notice them before -  they were probably launched by my re- 
installation). I'll wait until they finish.


Warren Nagourney

On Jan 21, 2009, at 5:58 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Jan 21, 2009, at 7:53 PM, Warren Nagourney wrote:
>> I just installed Leopard on my G4 Powerbook and found that  
>> typesetting in TeXshop is a factor of two slower than it was under  
>> Tiger (10.4.11). I waited until the Spoghtlight indexing was done  
>> and verified (using the Activity Monitor) that there was very  
>> little else going on when I did the typeset. I also typeset twice  
>> in a row; both took about the same time. There was very little disk  
>> activity according to the Activity Monitor. After booting, with  
>> little else active (and waiting until the disk settled down), it  
>> used to take 12-14 seconds to typeset my 245 page manuscript (an  
>> unfinished book); now it takes about 28 sec. The processor setting  
>> in the preferences (Energy Saving) is set at the highest.
>> I thought I might try to reinstall MacTeX. I am using the 2008  
>> distribution (MacTeX-2008.mpkg). Do you think that might help?  
>> Finally, are there any other pitfalls to using TeXshop with Leopard?
>> Thanks very much.
>> Warren Nagourney
> Howdy,
> How did you install MacTeX? The way the path is set up is different  
> in Leopard than on prior versions of OS X. If re-installing MacTeX  
> 2008 isn't an issue I'd recommend doing that.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
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